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Cold spell drops into Truckee Meadows
by Tribune Staff
Oct 22, 2012 | 1918 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sierra Mountains were greeted with a fresh coat of snow this past weekend and many residents in the Truckee Meadows found themselves bundling up. A burst of cold, unlike anything seen locally since May, swept through the valley floor. Locals will need to keep their jackets close by this week, as well as an umbrella, just in case Mother Nature opts for some precipitation.

“We had some rainfall Sunday night into Monday morning and then we are expecting some rain showers Monday night into Tuesday morning and again on Wednesday as well,” Dawn Fishler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno, said Monday afternoon.

While more snowfall is expected in the mountains, not much is expected to be seen below 5,000-feet in elevation.

“Monday night and Wednesday, snow levels will be probably around 5,000-feet, so some of the higher communities like Caughlin Ranch or Arrow Creek and as you head up Mt. Rose Highway, you may see some snow,” Fishler said. “Down in the valley though, we’re not expecting anything to stick. You might see a rain and snow mix, but nothing that will stick yet.”

Although it would be wise to prepare accordingly throughout the week with the change in the weather, residents in Sparks and Reno will be able to shed a layer of clothing by this weekend.

“The coldest weather will actually come in the next couple of days from Tuesday to Thursday. After that, the area will start to see a warm-up by Friday and then into the weekend. We’re going to actually be back in the 60s. Especially during these shoulder seasons, spring and fall, we tend to bounce around a lot as far as the weather is concerned,” Fishler said. “We will have a system come through like this that will really drop us off and then another ridge will come in that will warm us back up. Normal for this time of year is the mid-60s, so we will be back up to the norm by this weekend. We’ve just been so warm lately that this is a shocking system.”

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